Wolf readies search for Pa. Supreme Court appointee

Written by Brad Christman/Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 21, 2016 8:59 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Norristown.



(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is looking for potential appointees to the state Supreme Court.

Under the state Constitution, the governor names an appointee to the vacant Supreme Court seat and that person must then garner a two-thirds majority confirmation vote in the state Senate. 

He says he doesn't have short list.

"I want to make sure working with them to come up with a nominee who is acceptable," Wolf says. "I want this to be as open as possible."

The governor says this process will not play out like Supreme Court standoff in Washington D.C.

"At the end of the day, we recognize that we both have the same bosses, the citizens of Pennsylvania. We're all working for the same thing, for the improvement of Pennsylvania. We might have different ideas as to how there, but we're all doing the same thing," he says. "I think in Harrisburg we don't have that dysfunction. I don't think you'll see that with this Supreme Court opening.' 

The seat is open with the resignation/retirement of Michael Eakin, who was caught up in the ongoing porn email scandal.

Eakin stepped down three months after the Court of Judicial Discipline placed him on paid suspension to await an ethics trial. 

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